U.N. officials raised concerns that Cambodian authorities did not fully investigate evidence into the disappearance of Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, in spite of the government’s insistence that it had pursued all available leads.
In a new batch of correspondence from July and August, released on Monday, U.N. human rights experts said they had received reports that Wanchalearm, a dissident affiliated with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship who was allegedly abducted in front of a Chroy Changvar commune condominium on June 4, had traveled abroad and returned to Cambodia after 2017, despite the government claiming that the activist’s Cambodian visa expired on December 31, 2017.
The U.N.’s letter, sent on July 15, also outlined a timeline of events since Wanchalearm’s disappearance, saying a Cambodia-based lawyer had filed a complaint to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 8. The letter also raised concerns about there being no new information “despite the registration number of the car involved being known and there being multiple witnesses.”
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